STEINMETZ, LEON, and JOHN CATALDO, artists.
GOGOL, NIKOLAI. The Diary of a Madman. [Cambridge, MA: the artists, 2007.]
3 parts. Oblong 4to and 8vo (320 x 405 mm and smaller). Consisting of: Letterforms and Graphics Book, 38 pp, lithographed throughout with combined calligraphy and artwork, original pictorial boards; Story Book with spurious imprint, 36 pp, original self wrappers. Both sealed as issued within lithographed envelope with wax seal. Mint condition.
* TOGETHER WITH: Original artwork for page 11, ink, watercolor and collage on Bristol board, 445 x 560 mm, signed by Steinmetz and Cataldo lower right, being the diary entry for November 6.
ONE OF 127 COPIES, both volumes being signed by Steinmetz, Cataldo, translator Gaile Sarma, and designer John Horner, and with spurious signatures of Gogol and the fictional diarist Aksentii Poprishchin. Steinmetz and Cataldo's artwork strikingly depicts Poprishchin's descent into madness. Page 10 from this work was recently acquired by the State Pushkin Museum in Moscow, page 16 and page 27 are in the permanent collection of the Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York.
Leon Steinmetz' other works are in the permanent collection of the British Museum in London, the Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York, the Museum of Fine Art in Boston, the Philadelphia Museum of Art, the Yale University Art Gallery in New Haven, the Dresden State Art Gallery, and State Pushkin Museum of Fine Arts in Moscow.
His latest solo exhibit took place at the State Pushkin Museum in Moscow, Russian in December 2009-January 2010.